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#1 apriljapan

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:53 PM

Hi,

My monitor and display used to be perfect until Windows suggested I download new display drivers for NVIDIA. I did this (it also automatically installed NVIEW and NWIZ and such), and now I'm having very irritating problems.

After installation and reboot, 1680x1050 is no longer a display option. The screen resolution dial (under the control panel's display options) now only goes up to 1600x1024.

I uninstalled all the NVIDIA display drivers under "add/remove programs" and rebooted, and was able to reset the settings back to 1680x1050. Everything seemed fine again. But when I turned on the computer the next day, my monitor was black and flashing a message that it's "out of range." So had to reboot in VGA mode to see anything, where 1680x1050 was an option (but was now at the top of the list), and when I selected it, the monitor went black and said "out of range" again.

So it was back to VGA mode where I went ahead and reinstalled the display drivers again to at least have a working computer. I am now back at square one, stuck with 1600x1024. What combination of things am I doing wrong here?

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 03:59 PM

What is the specs of the machine including video card specs? :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:03 PM

Generally speaking...Windows/Microsoft Update...is great for updating the system for critical security updates.

Probably considered not-so-great when it comes to component/function drivers for the system.

I suggest uninstalling the drivers currently in (using Device Manager)...then installing either the drivers you were using or go to the website of your system/motherboard and manually download the latest video drivers.

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:10 PM

The machine is an HP media center (m390n).... the video card is NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600.

Hamluis, so under Device Manager I should directly uninstall the NVIDIA GeForce FX 5600 display adaptor? I was afraid of doing this at first because I thought it would make the entire display go out :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 04:14 PM

When you uninstall them windows will reinstall the generic drivers then it is up to you to install the correct driver to get the correct resolution back. :thumbsup:
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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:34 PM

Thanks folks, this seems to have done the trick. I found an apparently much more recent update available at the NVIDIA website. Now my fingers are crossed that it will continue to function after my next reboot :thumbsup:

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Posted 17 August 2010 - 07:36 PM

Cool.. :thumbsup: Glad me and hamluis were able to help you. :huh:
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Posted 18 August 2010 - 02:38 PM

Well, it appears my problems aren't solved yet :thumbsup:

Somehow my computer is just not remembering my previous display settings every time I restart.

Upon today's reboot, my display has changed again. The latest NVIDIA software is still installed, but today the display is weirdly stretched horizonally as well as overall too large to fit into my widescreen. It extends beyond the frame and I have to move my mouse to the corners to move the view.

I tried looking for new drivers for my monitor but Windows claims not to find any. I've been looking at the new NVIDIA control panel but can't seem to find a fix. My control panel display still claims to be 1680x1050. Any ideas?

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Posted 19 August 2010 - 02:59 PM

What is your display specs? Is there a button that will allow you to auto re-size the screen on the monitor? :thumbsup:
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